Rotel Readies Four New Audio Components

Rotel Readies Four New Audio Components

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 22 2013 - 1:00pm

Rotel’s $1,599-suggested RA-1570, stereo integrated amp features front-panel App
Rotel’s $1,599-suggested RA-1570, stereo integrated amp features front-panel Apple-compatible USB input and rear-panel asynchronous PC-USB input supporting files up to 192kHz/24-bit files.


North Reading, Mass. — Rotel is ready to roll out a quartet of home audio components that include an integrated stereo amp with USB DAC, a 24-bit/192kHz CD player, and two five-channel amps, once of which boasts a kilowatt of output.

Only the CD player replaces a current model; the others are line additions.

The integrated amp and the CD player become available in May at suggested retails of $1,599 and $999, respectively. The 5x120-watt and 5x200-watt multichannel amps become available in the summer at $1,699 and $2,999, respectively.

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Harman Kardon Expands Networked-AVR Selection

Harman Kardon Expands Networked-AVR Selection

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 18 2013 - 1:35pm

Harman Kardon’s $999-suggested AVR 3700 features AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, vTiner Inter
Harman Kardon’s $999-suggested AVR 3700 features AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, vTiner Internbet radio, and embedded Wi-Fi.


Stamford, Conn. – Two new A/V receivers shipped by Harman Kardon expand the brand’s selection of AirPlay-enabled A/V receivers and include the brand’s first AVR with embedded Wi-Fi.

Both are also the brand’s first AVRs with 4K by 2K passthrough and upscaling.

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Yamaha Rolling Out First 2013 Aventage AVRs

Yamaha Rolling Out First 2013 Aventage AVRs

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 16 2013 - 8:55am

The $899-suggested 7.2-channel Aventage series A/V receiver from Yamaha gets a M
The $899-suggested 7.2-channel Aventage series A/V receiver from Yamaha gets a Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) connection.


Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha unveiled the two opening-price models in its step-up Aventage series of A/V receivers (AVR) and brought Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) connections to the series for the first time.

 Like the two models they replace, the $699-suggested RX-A730 and $899 RX-A830 are 7.2-channel networked models with vTuner Internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, AirPlay, DLNA, and optional Bluetooth and Wi-Fi dongles. Also like their predecessors, they feature 4K by 2K passthrough and up-scaling from analog and HDMI sources.

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HydraConnect Adds More Home-Control Options, Plans New Products

HydraConnect Adds More Home-Control Options, Plans New Products

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 10 2013 - 2:52pm

HydraConnect’s $7,999 HSS-3 combines an 8x8 HDMI matrix processor and an 8x16 au
HydraConnect’s $7,999 HSS-3 combines an 8x8 HDMI matrix processor and an 8x16 audio-distribution processor.


Denver — HydraConnect is adding compatibility with more home-control systems and planning to launch additional HDMI matrix processors later in the year.

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Pioneer Launches First Elite AVRs Of 2013

Pioneer Launches First Elite AVRs Of 2013

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 5 2013 - 4:31pm

Pioneer Elite’s $525-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-43 features Mobile High-definitio
Pioneer Elite’s $525-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-43 features Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) and 4K by 2K passthrough.


Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is bringing down the opening price of multiple technologies in its Elite AV receiver series, including Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), 4K by 2K passthrough, and DTS Neo:X surround.

 The changes appear with the launch of two opening-price Elite AVRs, the $525-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-43 and the $750 7.2-channel VSX-70. They replace the $500-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-42 and $700-suggested 7.2-channel VSX-60.

With the launch, Elite AVRs for the first time get 4K by 2K up-scaling, which appears in the $750 model.

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Audioaccess Adds To Multi-Room-Audio Line

Audioaccess Adds To Multi-Room-Audio Line

TWICE Staff On Apr 4 2013 - 4:02pm

Audioaccess’ PX-800 16-source, 16-zone audio router/switcher
Audioaccess’ PX-800 16-source, 16-zone audio router/switcher


Montebello, Calif. –– Audioaccess has begun shipping the $2,195-suggested PX-800 16-source, 16-zone audio router/switcher, and the company plans May shipments of a protocol converter that makes the router compatible with the company’s older in-wall keypads.

The protocol converter is the $499-suggested CPC-800.

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Onkyo Builds Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Into AVRs

Onkyo Builds Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Into AVRs

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 14 2013 - 4:16pm

Onkyo’s $599 7.2-channel TX-NR626 (pictured) and $899 TX-NR727 are networked AVR
Onkyo’s $599 7.2-channel TX-NR626 and $899 TX-NR727 are networked AVRs with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.


Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Onkyo is bringing embedded Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth to its lineup of A/V receivers (AVRs) for the first time with the launch of three new models.

Two of the three feature the embedded wireless technologies.

All three new models, including the $499-suggested 5.2-channel TX-NR525, are networked AVRs that stream eight Internet music services and use DLNA1.5 technology to stream music stored on networked devices, including iOS and Android mobile devices equipped with Onkyo’s remote app.

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Pioneer Expands Connectivity In Mainstream AVRs

Pioneer Expands Connectivity In Mainstream AVRs

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 5 2013 - 4:43pm

The $599-everyday VSX-1123 brings down the opening price of MHL inputs in the co
The $599-everyday VSX-1123 brings down the opening price of MHL inputs in the company’s mainstream AVRs and becomes the first mainstream-series AVR with second-zone HDMI output and 4K by 2K Ultra HD up-scaling.


Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is expanding connectivity options and adding some new features to its 2013 series of mainstream A/V receivers (AVRs), the first four of which will ship in March.

Additional models will be announced at a later date.

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Sherbourn to Sell AV Components Direct to Consumers

Sherbourn to Sell AV Components Direct to Consumers

By Jeremy J. Glowacki On Feb 27 2013 - 9:51am

Dan Laufman, president of Sherbourn Technologies.
Dan Laufman, president of Sherbourn Technologies.


Franklin, Tenn.

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NAD Adds Component-CD Player

NAD Adds Component-CD Player

TWICE Staff On Feb 13 2013 - 3:02pm

NAD’s $299-suggested C 516BEE CD player plays MP3/WMA data CDs.
NAD’s $299-suggested C 516BEE CD player plays MP3/WMA data CDs.


Pickering, Ontario — NAD Electronics shipped its latest high-performance component CD player for the home.

Like the model it replaces, the $299-suggested C 516BEE offers 24-bit-192kHz DACs, playback of MP3/WMA data CD-R discs for up to 10 hours of continuous playback, coaxial and optical digital outputs, and audio-specific OP amps.

The DACs in the new model, however, are from Cirrus Logic and are said to provide more accurate dynamics and lower distortion than those in the CD player’s predecessor.

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